StarCraft II could melt your graphics card

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is proving hot stuff for gamers – literally. Blizzard’s amazing real-time strategy blockbuster might be perched on top of sales charts everywhere, but now some players are reporting that the game is causing graphics cards to melt.

DailyTech tells the story of games journo Adam Biessener, whose card fried itself during a session of live blogging about his experience with the game. Says Biessener: “Three hours of cursing later, I’m posting this from my wife’s laptop because both my graphics card and my work laptop appear to be fried.”

In a nutshell, the PC and Mac title ships with no frame-rate limiter, so processors with “insufficient” cooling are being pushed well beyond their limits. Blizzard has leapt into action on its support site, providing a temporary fix to the solution:

Certain screens make your hardware work pretty hard

Screens that are light on detail may make your system overheat if cooling is overall insufficient. This is because the game has nothing to do so it is primarily just working on drawing the screen very quickly. A temporary workaround is to go to your DocumentsStarCraft II Betavariables.txt file and add these lines:


You may replace these numbers if you want to.

But now the sucky part: as it stands, Blizzard has no plans to replace any deceased graphics card.

[Via DailyTech]